Police: 28 hurt after truck plows into parade crowd in New Orleans; suspect in custody
NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans police say the number of people injured after a pickup truck crashed into a crowd watching the Krewe of Endymion parade in the Mid-City section of New Orleans has increased to 28 and a suspect is in custody.
Police Chief Michael Harrison says one person is in custody and that he is being investigated for driving while intoxicated. Harrison says police do not suspect terrorism.
Harrison says that 21 people were hospitalized after the crash with five victims in guarded condition. Seven others declined to be hospitalized.
The youngest victim is only 3 years old, according to WGNO. A police officer was also hurt.
One woman at the scene told The New Orleans Advocate that a silver truck whisked by her just feet away as she was walking through the intersection.
Carrie Kinsella said, “I felt a rush it was so fast.”
Twenty-year-old Kourtney McKinnis told the Advocate that the driver of the truck seemed almost unaware of what he had just done.
“He was just kind of out of it,” she said.